Little Caesars finally delivers pizza with the DoorDash service

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By Hilary Russ

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Little Caesars Enterprises Inc will partner with DoorDash Inc to offer pizza delivery services to 3,600 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada starting Monday.

While pizza restaurants pioneered the delivery of food to people's homes years ago, Little Caesars – the third largest pizza chain in the world – has so far not offered delivery.

Little Caesars is not listed as a participating restaurant on the DoorDash platform. Instead, orders will be placed via Little Caesars' own website and mobile app, the delivery company said.

The orders then go to DoorDash's driver fleet for fulfillment via a service called DoorDash Drive.

The business comes about as pizza restaurants, which have long been a mainstay of grocery delivery, are under pressure from other large and small restaurants that use delivery platforms, including DoorDash, Grubhub Inc, Uber Eats and Postmates Inc. from Uber Technologies Inc

Domino & # 39; s Pizza Inc, the world's largest pizza chain with its own fleet of deliverers, reported sales that have fallen short of expectations in the past four quarters, impacted by increasing competition.

And the delivery services themselves are faced with possible upheavals, since they argue with one another over territory and customers.

Unlike some other chains, Little Caesars does not require minimum purchases to receive offers or discounts to process orders, said Little Caesars Chief Executive Officer David Scrivano in a statement.

The entire menu of the chain is offered for shipping and the prices correspond to those to take away.

DoorDash will cover approximately 90% of Little Caesars' US and Canadian locations.

While it was possible in some areas to deliver Little Caesars Pizza through other platforms, these agreements were franchisee-related and ended under the terms of the contract with DoorDash, the delivery service said.

Both companies are privately owned. Little Caesars, based in Detroit, Michigan, has operations in all 50 states and 24 countries.

(Reporting by Hilary Russ; editor of Bill Berkrot)